Deducting travel expenses


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Alexander Miha

First, sorry for the naive question, any input from the wise
is appreciated!

I am married and work at a university in Boston, where we
live. This year my wife took a 1-year postdoc position with
a major university in another state to improve her prospects
for academic position in Boston (if it matters, both our
positions are regular employment, not consulting).

Can we deduct any of the expenses associated with her job
(rent for a second apartment, her travel to me, my travel to
her, her conference travel) from our income? I do not think
so, but do not know enough to be sure.

-- Alex
 
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Mechanic

Alexander said:
First, sorry for the naive question, any input from the wise
is appreciated!

I am married and work at a university in Boston, where we
live. This year my wife took a 1-year postdoc position with
a major university in another state to improve her prospects
for academic position in Boston (if it matters, both our
positions are regular employment, not consulting).

Can we deduct any of the expenses associated with her job
(rent for a second apartment, her travel to me, my travel to
her, her conference travel) from our income? I do not think
so, but do not know enough to be sure.
The short answer is "probably yes." You will want to take a
look at IRS Publication 463, as it sets out each of these
rules. What that publication does not say is that the trick
is to have a "home office" in one or more homes. Then you
might be able to even deduct travel costs for you to visit
your wife.... Maybe.

Best of luck,

Gary Brolis
http://www.MechanicsofMoney.com
http://www.MechanicsofMoney.com/blog.php
 
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